1. As of the moment this is being written, Republicans have won 30 out of the 62 State Senate seats. In three districts, including the 7th Senate District here in Nassau County, results are close enough that it will take until about Thanksgiving to know with certainty which candidate received the most votes. The smart money in Albany is on Republicans ending up with a 32-30 majority, and it is still possible for there to be a 31-31 tie.
From January through June of this year, according to RealtyTrac, over 7,000 homeowners in Nassau and Suffolk Counties received mortgage foreclosure notices. In Nassau County, that’s one out of every 166 homes. Put another way, the 2,758 households that received filing notices are more families than live in at least 45 of the county’s 64 incorporated villages. Though some neighborhoods have been hit especially hard, this wave of foreclosures has affected families in every single school district, ZIP code, village and income level.
Lake Success was haunted by evil spirits and by some weird and terrible creature that dragged people down to its bottomless depths. The ghosts of the drowned walked the lake shore at night. Workers on the Vanderbilt Estate fled after some were grabbed by the leg and pulled into the marshes. The Indians had called it, “The Gateway to Hell.”
1. Thousands of people reading this have already voted by absentee ballot. Most others have already decided in their own minds whether or not they will vote at all on November 2. From this point on, campaigns in competitive races are playing the margins
Earlier this month, over the course of one week, three opinion polls on the New York gubernatorial race, all released by university-based institutes, had significantly different results (Sienna, 57-24 for Cuomo; Quinnipiac, 49-43 for Cuomo; Marist, 53-38 for Cuomo). There are all kinds of methodological and logistical reasons this kind of thing is happening more frequently.
1. CareerBuilder.com’s respected annual survey finds that 77 percent of American workers “always or usually” live paycheck to paycheck. This is up from 61 percent in 2009, 49 percent in 2008 and 43 percent in 2007.
Even I’m surprised at how fast libraries, archives and other information services have been thrown out of the lifeboat across this country. Closed branches, reduced hours, canceled programs, discarded materials, no access, no information. I have tons of stories.
1. There is still time to work out some of the biggest problems with the new voting machines. Some of them could have been avoided with consumer testing and quality control. Some of the polling inspectors at the training sessions were saying that the printed fill-in circles were too light and were hard for some people to see. The publicized instructions didn’t match the actual voting experience at many locations (no “privacy sleeves”). There was avoidable confusion at my polling place over what machine I should vote on, and I could clearly see from 10 or 12 feet away how two other people voted. The most ominous problem is that it all took a long time, compared to the lever machines. This has to go faster. Anything like a reasonable turnout and people are going to be walking out on Election Day.…
It was more than just a pretty plan on a blueprint. For four years, starting in early 1964, it was the official policy of Nassau County that 186 of the 574 county-owned acres at Mitchel Field would be the site of the John F. Kennedy Educational, Civic and Cultural Center.
A large banner is still stretched across the face of Nassau County Veterans Memorial Coliseum, our Coliseum, promoting The Lighthouse project.
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Michael Miller is a freelance writer, designer and strategic consultant who has worked in state and local government. Email: email@example.com